Touching Upon NK Conflict With State Secretary


08:53 pm | September 01, 2011

Chairs of the NA standing committees on defense, national security and
internal affairs and on foreign relations Hrair Karapetyan and Armen
Rustamyan had a meeting with Parliamentary State Secretary for the
Federal Ministry of Defense of Germany, Christian Schmidt. Attending
the meeting were RA First Deputy Minister of Defense David Tonoyan
and German Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia
Hans-Johen Schmidt.

Armen Rustamyan registered that Armenia’s foreign policy is linked to
Euro-integration processes and that Armenia is carrying out projects
that are particularly aimed at matching the country’s security system
with European standards. Rustamyan said Armenia is interested in
establishing sustainable peace in the region and highly appreciated
the cooperation with European partner countries in issues such as
Armenian-Turkish relations and a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict that falls in line with the principles of international law.

Hrair Karapetyan expressed gratitude for Germany’s support in
Armenia’s defense sphere, particularly military, medicine and military
education. Karapetyan introduced the guest to the reforms taking place
in Armenia’s defense sphere and the legislative amendments, adding
that this year the National Assembly will adopt a disciplinary rule
book that will specify the rights and responsibilities of officers
and soldiers.

Christian Schmidt expressed satisfaction with the Armenian-German
military cooperation and voiced hope for more active
inter-parliamentary cooperation in that direction. Schmidt expressed
gratitude for the Armenian regiment’s participation and important
contribution to the German forces in Afghanistan.

During the meeting, the sides also discussed issues related to
Euro-integration processes, regional security, the development of
Armenian-German parliamentary and military cooperation and peaceful
settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, reports the NA press